THE GROWTH WE DESIRE. October 2016 of Hard times is part of life ,but God is giving us assurance in Romans 8:28 that ALL things will work altogether for good to those who love Him. Think about Jesus, who suffered severe hardship. Growth often means pain. In the case of the apostle Paul, God protected him from pride and taught him to depend on Christ (2 Corinthians 12:7-10). He knows the difficult life ahead, just like this mother cow, but he wants us to enjoy our time in the green pasture nonetheless (Psalm 23). Genesis 3 tells the story of mankind’s fall from grace. And in the uncertainty, God made that happen. We must embrace the uncertain ground, knowing that in this field and in the next, and in the one after that, we will grow and learn. 100% goes where the donor designates, every time — to causes such as spreading the gospel through church planting and empowering women through job creation. 22. But when trials come, they often drive us to our knees in search of answers and comfort. But God's plan is for us to bounce back, get in the driver's seat, then go pick up other hurting people who are under the bus. spreading the gospel through church planting, California - Do Not Sell My Personal Information. February 2018 The comfort we can have in trials. Quotes about getting through hard times. Isaiah 41:10 "So do not fear, for I am with you, do not be dismayed, for I am your God, I will strengthen you and help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.". When Life is Hard: A Bible Study on Trials. August 2016 In Isaiah 60:22 , God says, “I am the Lord, and when it is time, I will make these things happen quickly” (NCV). He cares for those who trust in him…" 1. She could have been upset and angry with God, or she could continue to use her hardship to cling closer to … Jacob Marries Leah and Rachel: God uses hard times to help us grow Bible Reading: 16 Now Laban had two daughters; the name of the older was Leah, and the name of the younger was Rachel. July 2018 Every trial God sends, even our daily frustrations are meant to test us and grow us stronger. We all have to learn to find our way. God is going to make a man/woman out of you. And when hard times do come, turn to Him and ask Him to use them to help you grow in your faith. We wouldn’t see the pierced hands of Christ for what they really are—redemption, relationship, and the freedom to know God. And if there is a need for us to learn a lesson, He’ll take advantage of our mistakes to help us grow. November 2017 But I want to testify that trusting God in difficult times (even finding joy through trials!) September 2016 The psalmist prayed, “Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts” (Psalm 139:23). Keeping faith in God during hard times can be extremely difficult.. If you look back at the lives of the prophets—from Moses to Elijah to Jonah—it is clear that their lives were often lived in the uncertainty. If the mother cow didn’t nudge her calf along, it would never see the green pasture outside the barn. His plans will not be thwarted and his people will not be overcome. October 2018 December 2017 God is always with us. April 2018 God Allows Suffering to Bring Us Closer to Him. November 2016 Other times, however, relational growth can be difficult. November 2018 Someone says a kind word or prays with us during a difficult time. So how does the Bible help us grow? If God didn’t nudge us along into the unknown, we would never experience the joy of others coming to Christ, of our relationships with him growing. Sometimes we would love to pray away, prophesy away or rebuke away these challenges, but God actually sent them to accomplish a purpose. There is definitely an appropriate time to grieve after a loss or tragedy, but we just don't want to get stuck there. Reason #1: To Glorify God. None of us likes to go through hard times (and God isn’t necessarily behind them, even if He does allow them). But God can use them to show us our weaknesses. July 2017 Here are seven promises to remind us that God will bring good from the storms we face: 1. JesusEconomy.com. Yet the uncertainty of life often overwhelms us. December 2018 Your body was transforming. It will draw us closer to God. At JesusEconomy.com, people can shop fair trade and align their giving with their passion. In the first 13 verses we are given some understanding of the purpose of trials that come our way. Yet, it is altogether too easy to find ourselves filling life with times of christian songs, bible readings, and even prayer, while missing true communion with Himself. May 2018 And we cannot do so when we are stagnant. It’s easier said than done but rejoice in your hard times by looking for the Lord in your situation. January 2020 Or perhaps they challenge our thinking during a Bible study session. Martha had a choice to make when Jesus let Lazarus die. It may be hard to hear these words, and I know from experience, that they are even harder to live. This is the goal of the Christian, and everything in life, including the trials and tribulations, is designed to enable us to reach that goal. In my studies over the years, I’ve discovered some quotes that are positively life-transforming. The Lord sends adversity to help us, not to hurt us. October 2019 I find I … I then see its mother, nudging it forward. Learn to grow, finds its way, Make the best of this short-lived stay.” —José Gonzaleź, “Every Age”. April 2017 And oftentimes he must take something away to help us trust him alone, even if at times it feels like we’ve received a death sentence (2 Corinthians 1:8–11). How does God help us grow? On the day of salvation I will help you” ( Isaiah 49:8 NCV). As I have reflected over the events of the past few days and months I was drawn to the first chapter of James. We all have to grow. Every branch of the tree has to learn. He may be trying to correct us or produce godly character in us. The hard times that you go through build character, making you a much stronger person.” – Rita Mero. - Job 23:10. “Count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. Inspiration from Jesus’ Economy, a Nonprofit that Created Jobs & Churches 2012–20. 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